MASON CITY, Iowa – Bail has been paid and a former Forest City police officer is out of jail. Thaddeus Ellenbecker posted his $6,000 bond at 5:15pm Monday night.
Back in 2012, Ellenbecker was found guilty of setting the Forest City Police Department on fire and burglarizing a squad car. But, a retrial has been scheduled. In May, the Iowa Court of Appeals ruled that Iowa Department of Criminal Investigation agents did not follow procedures in reading Ellenbecker his Miranda Rights before he allegedly confessed to the crime. In a hearing on Monday, he requested to be released since previously paying a bond of $20,000.
The defense stated that due to his good behavior and close proximity to family in the area, Ellenbecker should not be considered a flight risk, and should instead be given time to make up for lost wages while he was in jail.
Ellenbecker had said when he got out of jail, he planned to stay with family and work in the Rochester area.
His next court appearance may be the pre-trial hearing which is scheduled for Sept. 2. The trial is set for Sept. 17. where he will face the same charges as before, with the same judge. The previous conviction brought about a sentence of 10 years behind bars for each count.